Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector in a Changing America

Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector in a Changing America

Edited by Charles Clotfelter and Thomas Ehrlich
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 10/01/2001
Format: Paperback 5 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21483-6
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This collection brings together the views of a stellar assemblage of scholars, practitioners,... and a host of other talented and distinguished citizens of the independent sector.... A ‘must read.’ —Philanthropy Monthly

A useful addition to the libraries of researchers on the third sector." —Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

The nonprofit sector in America consists of some 1.5 million tax-exempt organizations, ranging in size from storefront human services agencies and one-room churches to giant universities and medical centers. The sector accounts for about 7 percent of national income, employs some 10 million workers, and uses the services of some 90 million volunteers.

In an attempt to analyze future directions of this increasingly influential sector, the American Assembly and the Indiana Center on Philanthropy sponsored a conference that brought in leading scholars and practitioners. The participants were asked to consider three key clusters of issues: First, what forces will determine the shape and activities of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in the next decade? Second, how will philanthropy and the nonprofit sector be strengthened or weakened by those forces? Third, how can the challenges of grappling with the forces be transformed into opportunities?

Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector in a Changing America is a product of this inquiry. Each contributor focused on a variety of pressures: the devolution of federal programs to the state and local levels: the blurring of lines between non-profit and for-profit organizations; the changing distributions of income; major new wealth and its concentration; a revived interest in community and civil society; the evolution of religion and other regulatory reform; and a retreat of government from various policy areas and the rise of privatization and market models.

The contributors are Elizabeth T. Boris, Eleanor Brown, Dwight F. Burlingame, Emmett D. Carson, Charles T.

Author Bio

Charles T. Clotfelter is Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of Economics and Law at Duke University. He is also Director of the Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism at Duke and is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Thomas Ehrlich is Distinguished University Scholar, California State University, and Senior Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He is also President Emeritus, Indiana University; the former Provost, University of Pennsylvania; and former Dean, Stanford Law School.


“"Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector is a 'must-read' for anyone seriously interested in the near-term future of philanthropy." —Philanthropy Monthly “A useful addition to the libraries of researchers on the third sector.” —Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly What is the future of philanthropy in a changing America? This volume of agenda-setting essays suggests how philanthropy and the nonprofit sector might respond to a society which is seeing not only the devolution of federal programs to the state and local levels, but also the blurring of lines between nonprofit and for-profit organizations, globalization, tax and other regulatory reform, and the rise of privatization and market models, among other sea changes.”

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Introduction/Charles Clotfelter and Thomas Ehrlich
1. The Nonprofit Sector in the 1990s/Elizabeth T. Boris
2. The Evolving Role of American Foundations/James Allen Smith
3. Foundations and the Government: A Tale of Conflict and Consensus/Barry D. Karl and Alice W. Karl
4. The Economy and Philanthropy/Edward Wolff
5. Corporate Philanthropy Comes of Age: Its Size, Its Import, Its Future/Reynold Levy
6. Reinventing Philanthropy/Leslie Lenkowsky
7. Nonprofit Organizations and Public Policies in the Delivery of Human Services/Kristen A. Grønbjerg and Steven Rathgeb Smith
8. Public Trust in Not-for-Profit Organizations and the Need for Regulatory Reform/Joel Fleishman
9. Accountability in a Changing Philanthropic Environment: Trustees and Self-Government at the End of the Century/Warren F. Ilchman and Dwight F. Burlingame
10. Patterns and Purposes of Philanthropic Giving/Eleanor Brown
11. Communities, Networks, and the Future of Philanthropy/Julian Wolpert
12. The Roles of Indigenous and Institutional Philanthropy in Advancing Social Justice/Emmett D. Carson
13. Philanthropy and the Case of the Latino Communities in America/William A. Diaz
14. The Case of Minnesota: Institutionalizing Public Spirit/Jon Pratt
15. The Case of Kansas City/David O. Renz
16. Children in Poverty: Reflections on the Roles of Philanthropy and Public Policy/Ruby Takinishi
17. The Changing Face of Health Care/Bradford H. Gray
18. Lessons for the Future of Philanthropy: Local Foundations and Urban School Reform/William S. McKersie and Anthony Markward
19. Philanthropy and American Higher Education/Michael Rothschild
20. Environmental Philanthropy and Public Policy/Richard L. Revesz
21. Philanthropy and Outcomes: Dilemmas in the Quest for Accountability/Gary Walker and Jean Grossman
22. Philanthropy and Culture: Patterns, Context, and Change/Margaret J. Wyszomirski
23. A Tradition in Jeapordy/Robert L. P